Arctic Ice Nears Historic Low
Ice area last year tied 2007 for lowest since measuring begin in 1979
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 4:03 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2011 6:22 AM CDT
The ice covering the Arctic has tied for least ever, according to climate researchers.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – A set of dubious honors for the volume of ice covering the Arctic: It hit a record low in 2010, according to researchers, breaking the 2007 record—and those same scientists say this year may be a record-breaking one, too, reports the Alaska Dispatch. Since researchers began measuring Arctic ice by satellite in 1979, it has steadily shrunk, down some 30% over the past 32 years. In 2007, the Arctic Sea ice area hit a low of 4.13 million square kilometers; with two weeks remaining in this year's melt season, the area stands at 4.6 million square kilometers, reports Reuters.

"Given all the uncertainties and margins for error, it’s tough to declare a single year a 'record,'" wrote the team in their paper. "However, the 2010 September ice volume anomaly did in fact exceed the previous 2007 minimum by a large enough margin to declare it a new record." The 2007 low resulted from driving winds that pushed ice against the Greenland coast and high pressure that removed clouds and allowed more sun to melt the ice, reports the Independent. This year, the ice is believed to be more dispersed, but its total area will approach that recorded in 2007.

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Sep 9, 2011 4:55 PM CDT
Now that you mention it, the ice in my freezer is at the lowest level in a few years.
Sep 7, 2011 5:14 PM CDT
Those who insists, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, that global warming is a hoax, will get no argument out of me. On a different note, I notice in one of the supermarket tabloids, that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe A. is launching an investigation into Obama's fake birth certificate. Any who would give any credence to this story, also, will get no argument out of me.
Sep 7, 2011 1:10 PM CDT
1. Polar bear populations are near "historic highs" 2. Now Japanese and Chinese goods can be transported to Europe for one third the cost. 3. New fishing grounds are opened up. All sounds good to me. Global warming........bring it on. The results are not all bad.